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Building Evidence of Nurse Impact: Lessons from the ImPress Study - Catherine Stephen
Hypertension is a frequently seen condition in Australian General Practice which, when sub optimally managed, leads to kidney disease, stroke, cardiovascular disease and premature death. Opportunity exists for nurse delivered interventions to improve blood pressure and reduce lifestyle risk factors. However, evidence to support the effect of nurse intervention on patients is unclear. This trial seeks to generate robust evidence of nurse impact on patient outcomes.
ImPress (Improving Blood Pressure) is a cluster randomised control trial being conducted in 8 General Practices across South West Sydney and Southern Illawarra. Registered Nurses employed in general practice and General practitioners worked in partnership with Primary Health Care Nursing researchers at the University of Wollongong, NSW, to improve health outcomes for individuals with hypertension and build globally relevant, robust evidence of nurse impact. The ImPress model is translational and highlights the importance of generating evidence of the impact of nursing care. This robust evidence is essential to advance the nursing role, transform individual practice, improve patient outcomes and inform health policy.